International Students’ Social Network: Network Mapping to Gauge Friendship Formation and Student Engagement on Campus

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  • Susannah McFaul Georgia Institute of Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v6i1.393

Keywords:

social network analysis, cross-cultural friendships, international student engagement

Abstract

Addressing the importance of international student engagement on campus and creating friendships with host-country nationals during their time abroad, this small-scale study explores the question of, “Are there trends in how or through what means international students are making connections with co-national, multi-national, or host-national students?” Semistructured, qualitative interviews, data collection, social network analysis and a data-representative social network diagram were used to explore this question. Understanding these trends can help with developing student programming that encourages friendship making, cross-cultural workshops, or even provide the foundation and reasoning to strengthen support systems for international students.

Author Biography

Susannah McFaul, Georgia Institute of Technology

SUSANNAH MCFAUL, M.A. Multicultural Communication, is an international educator. She serves as the International Special Programs Advisor at Georgia Institute of Technology and her research interests include cross-cultural friendships and engaging international students on American college campuses.

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Published

2016-01-01

How to Cite

McFaul, S. (2016). International Students’ Social Network: Network Mapping to Gauge Friendship Formation and Student Engagement on Campus. Journal of International Students, 6(1), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v6i1.393

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Research Articles